We are happy to report on three mobile clinics that visited our villages in Pistere, Terrier Rouge, and Savanna Carre. The medical team saw 228 patients, including young and old. These folks came to Dr Jean Numa and Dr Jovely with medical concerns including hypertension, arthritis, gastritis, urinary tract infections, malnutrition and many more. They were provided with medications to treat them, from antibiotics to pain relief. Most of these patients have not had regular medical care.
Currently Hope for Haitians provides weekly clinics in two villages in Dumas and Garde Saline, but for the time being are only able to reach the other villages through less frequent clinics. The people in Pistere have asked if the clinics could come more often because they have benefited so much from the medications. An elderly patient named Joasiane has terrible pain, so she is so happy that the clinic has come again. She hopes for treatment that will lessen her pain a bit and help her to sleep.
We have in Dr Jean such a great asset! He trains and supervises others, while providing medical care himself. He is in many ways our eyes, ears and hands right there in the villages we have built. He has assembled teams of Haitians to help carry out this work through the Health Foundation he has established. Dr Jean is so touched by the gratitude of the people they treat, how excited they are for the team to return!
It has always been the goal of Hope for Haitians to provide resources to help Haitian people become skilled and successful. In these medical services, we typically provide the cost of transportation and medicine to make it happen. Haitians themselves volunteer their expertise. Dr Jovely, a volunteer at these events tells us that it such a great pleasure to help at the clinics, even though his work load is already full. He says he feels better by helping.
Nurse Fabiola, another Haitian medical volunteer, has expressed her love of working at the clinics with such a wonderful team. She tells us that sadly the government doesn’t seem to care about healthcare, so healthcare professionals need to volunteer time to bring relief to the most needy.
This is truly GOOD NEWS! Health care is a human right that so many in Haiti are not able to access. We are so appreciative of these medical teams for devoting themselves to their fellow citizens. We will continue to work toward increasing our efforts to provide care for those in our villages. “Bay Lavi”– Give Life